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Planning to teach a lesson or unit on migration, immigration, emigration, multiculturalism or cultural diversity? Looking for good resources to support you? Short on time? Overwhelmed by the amount available out there and reluctant to start from scratch? We are here to help! We have put the time in for you, searched widely and selected some of the best resources and useful sites on these themes. Use our simple search boxes to locate the right resource for you and your pupils. Please review any you’ve used and write to our head of learning and partnerships to recommend any others at emily@migrationmuseum.org.

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  • Fiction Books List

    Produced by‘Brightly’ with Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
    Subject-
    Topics/keywordsbooks, conflict, Forced migration, Identity, Immigration, literature, Refugees
    Age rangeKS2 (ages 7–11), KS3 (ages 11–14)
    SummaryA compiled list of various children’s books that deal with the topic of forced migration and refugee experience. The list has short blurbs about each of the books. Read more
    DescriptionA list of fiction books with descriptions, to help children understand refugee experiencesResource
  • Our Migration Story

    Produced byThe Runnymede Trust, with Universities of Cambridge and Manchester and the Arts and Humanities Research Council
    SubjectHistory
    Topics/keywordsacademics, communities, Early and Medieval, GCSE, Imperial, Industrial, Migration, modern
    Age rangeKS4 (ages 14–16)
    SummaryThis website draws on the research of over 60 historians based in universities and historical institutions and presents the often untold stories of the generations of migrants who came to and shaped the British Isles. While this website is primarily designed to support teachers and students studying migration to Britain, its aim is to be… Read more
    DescriptionWebsite in four time period categoriesResource
  • England’s Immigrants 1330 – 1550

    Produced byNational Archives
    SubjectCitizenship, Geography, History, PSHE
    Topics/keywordsaliens, database, Diversity, Immigration, Medieval, Migration
    Age rangeKS2 (ages 7–11), KS3 (ages 11–14), KS4 (ages 14–16), KS5 (ages 16–18)
    SummaryVarious sets of introductory powerpoints produced for primary and secondary pupils by teachers as part of the teacher scholar programme hosted by University of York and the National Archives. These lessons introduce pupils to the results of the research project into medieval immigration using extensive government records from the time. Read more
    Description4 sets of powerpoints, divided by age. Resource
  • Objects in Focus

    Produced byJewish Museum
    SubjectGeography, History, RE
    Topics/keywordsArt, History, Holocaust, Judaism, Migration, Refugees
    Age rangeKS2 (ages 7–11), KS3 (ages 11–14)
    SummaryThe learning team at the Jewish Museum have chosen objects from the museum’s collection for your students to focus on in the classroom.  Each of the objects relate to one of their four Learning Strands – Discovering Judaism, Exploring Migration History, Investigating the Holocaust and Revealing Arts. Guide your students through describing and analysing the significance… Read more
    DescriptionWebsite with downloadable resourcesResource
  • They Came Because They Had To

    Produced byAmnesty International
    SubjectCitizenship, English, Geography, PSHE
    Topics/keywords-
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    SummaryA quiz, story and role play that is designed to get students thinking about forced migration. Read more
    DescriptionClassroom resources and additional materials. Resource
  • You Tube Video: BBC Europe: Why Now?

    Produced byBBC
    SubjectCitizenship, Geography, PSHE
    Topics/keywords-
    Age range-
    Summary2 minute video which addresses the question, why now? Thousands of Syrian refugees have travelled to Europe, fleeing war in their country and seeking somewhere safe to live. The civil war has been raging in Syria for a long time, but the numbers of refugees heading to Europe has increased substantially over the past year. Read more
    DescriptionEducationResource
  • Programme – Exodus: Our Journey

    Produced byBBC
    SubjectCitizenship, Geography, History, PSHE
    Topics/keywords-
    Age range-
    SummaryThree BBC episodes detailing the lives of individuals making the perilous journey from the Middle East to Europe. The production team gave camera phones to the people attempting to reach Europe, escaping war, poverty and persecution. They were prepared to film where regular film crews could not go, e.g. on the inflatable dinghies crossing from… Read more
    DescriptionEducationResource
  • Against All Odds

    Produced byUNHRC
    SubjectGeography, PSHE
    Topics/keywordsEducation, History, Migration
    Age rangeKS2 (ages 7–11), KS3 (ages 11–14)
    SummaryInteractive online game where the student takes on the role of a refugee, making difficult decisions in order to keep themselves and their family safe. There are additional resources for teachers to guide discussion as students play this game. Read more
    DescriptionOnline gameResource
  • Queens of Syria: Classroom Resources

    Produced byBritish Council
    SubjectCitizenship, English, PSHE
    Topics/keywordsEducation, Migration, Theatre
    Age rangeKS2 (ages 7–11), KS3 (ages 11–14)
    SummaryResources tied to the critically acclaimed Queens of Syria theatre production. Through looking at the play’s script along with maps, photographs and video testimony, students explore the impact of the Syrian crisis on the lives of women. Read more
    DescriptionLesson resources and activities. Resource
  • Living Together: Education Pack

    Produced byBritish Council
    SubjectCitizenship, Geography
    Topics/keywordsCitizenship, Geography
    Age rangeKS2 (ages 7–11), KS3 (ages 11–14)
    SummaryA series of refugee-focused resources from the British Council that is adaptable for KS2 and KS3 students. The activities encourage students to consider the motivations of refugees, the items that refugees may take with them and provide guidance on how to conduct a productive debate on asylum system. Read more
    DescriptionActivity guides and resources for classroom use. Resource

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